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  1. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Indeed, the actual construction details of the builds are nearly always wildly different (with a handful of rare exceptions, like the Curiosity rover). It’s the ideas in Ideas that are important, and they do work to preserve the core concepts. They might completely redesign a set from the way the fan creator built it, but they’re not going to turn an airplane into a dinosaur. Indeed. Remember back in the day, when there were two Ghostbusters Ectomobile projects in the same review batch, and they said “message received!”? I think they do try to balance out their approvals to reflect what’s popular on the platform, and perhaps even let it guide some of what they do outside Ideas. I think that’s why we get so many sets based on real-life space exploration, for example. They can’t just approve every space exploration idea, but they can and do approve a healthy percentage of them, because Ideas users have repeatedly told them over and over in unmistakably clear terms they really like real-life space exploration sets, and I think it may even play a role in their decisions to do such sets outside Ideas, like the recent Apollo 11 Lunar Landing and the new Shuttle Discovery.
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    But not all parts of the review have to be done for each project. If they determine right off the bat that something isn’t a brand fit or that the licensing just can’t be worked out, they don’t need to waste resources exploring possible builds. And even granting that the wealth of projects reaching review does still demand more of the Ideas team (perhaps enough to warrant expanding the team?), I’m still hard-pressed to see a huge pool of set candidates as undesirable - likely not for TLG, and not for us, either. Unless one is placing bets in Vegas on a review batch winding up with a small number of product ideas, I really don’t see why we should want smaller batches.
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Why? What if the circumstances that prevented something from being approved three years ago are no longer in effect now? For the first few years of CUUSOO / Ideas, they never released any sets through the program large enough to have US MSRPs greater than $49.99, and many thought they never would, but these days they’ve had Ideas sets costing over $300. We’ve seen sets proposed from licenses that TLG couldn’t use at the time that later became available to them. Until fairly recently it was pretty much an unassailable axiom that Ideas sets never have new parts (not colors or deco, but new shapes / molds), but even that is no longer a certainty. Depending upon the reasons something was declined, it is entirely possible that it can be approved at a later date. They’ve even specifically had a vote choosing a single set from a number of previously non-approved projects they deemed warranted a second look; that’s how we got the ISS. Possibly, but we don’t know that. They’ve had huge batches from which they’ve approved nothing, and small ones from which they ultimately approved as many as three out of six. It’s true they can’t make everything, but I think virtually everything declined was declined for some reason other than “we were just considering too gosh darn many other projects at the same time”. There have been any number of obstacles that have almost certainly included licensing issues, conflicts with TLG’s preexisting plans, feasibility issues, safety concerns, and just plain limited business cases. Moreover, if your concern is that creators’ chances of getting their projects approved is low if the batches are huge, making it so most of the creators don’t even get into the batch is not going to do much for their chances of approval.
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    55!!! This is awesome.
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Possibly. They’ve had review batches as large as 13 projects that didn’t yield any approvals at all, but they’ve also had back-to-back reviews where they approved three things at once. I believe it really is just down to the merits and feasibility of individual projects.
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    52 proje- I mean, product ideas in the First 2021 Review Batch, and it’s still going!
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    [REVIEW] 40451 Tatooine Homestead

    Holy smokes - I’d seen photos of the set before, but somehow hadn’t noticed until just now that the Sandcrawler uses a couple printed 2x2 tiles. I’m amazed you didn’t focus on that in the review; it looks great with them! That omission aside, this is a fine review - nicely done! - of a lovely set, and I’m looking forward to adding it to my collection.
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    The future of Back to the Future?

    Hm. I see this thread jumped from 2015 to 2019, and completely passed over the last official Back to the Future thing LEGO made with nary a mention, the Brickheadz set of Marty and Doc. That set came out in 2018, so not all that long ago. The timeframe from then to now is very comparable to the timeframe that separated it from the first LEGO Dimensions pack for this franchise - and in fact, a not-dissimilar span separated that from the very first LEGO BttF product, the CUUSOO set. In fact, if we lump the two Dimensions packs together, it looks an awful lot like LEGO Back to the Future is almost a very low-key but still ongoing theme, on a roughly two-to-three-year cycle: 2013: 21103 DeLorean Time Machine (LEGO CUUSOO) 2015: 71201 Back to the Future Level Pack w/ Marty McFly (LEGO Dimensions) / 71230 Back to the Future Fun Pack w/ Doc Brown (January 2016) 2018: 41611 Marty McFly & Doc Brown Brickheadz If I were inclined to read much into that (I’m actually not, but for the moment let’s say we are, just for kicks), I’d say it actually bodes rather well for a new LEGO Back to the Future thing for 2021, and as it happens we do have rumors swirling about of a new UCS- / Creator Expert-style DeLorean Time Machine. I will say that while obviously I recognize there isn’t anywhere nearly as much potential with this theme as there is with certain other licensed themes such as Star Wars, there actually is considerable untapped potential, and Back to the Future could easily given more than what it has been so far. Honestly, I think it has comparable potential and appeal to Ghostbusters, and that’s already had both more and larger sets than Back to the Future. Both themes began with CUUSOO / Ideas sets of the franchise’s iconic central vehicles, continued with LEGO Dimensions packs in 2015 / 2016, and then got Brickheadz figure two-packs in 2018, but Ghostbusters has had a lot of “bigger and more” - a larger & more lavish Ideas set, two Dimensions Fun Packs instead of just one plus a whole Dimensions Story Pack for the reboot, a huge D2C building set for the Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters, a regular mass-market set for the reboot’s central vehicle(s), and finally last year’s Creator Expert set for the Ectomobile. Back to the Future could conceivably still get much of this. The two franchises have a lot in common - both arose in the ‘80s and are beloved to this day, both have multiple movies, both have animated TV adaptations, both have iconic vehicles as well as memorable building locations, etc. The main obstacle for BttF receiving further attention from LEGO of the sort comparable to what Ghostbusters has gotten is that BttF doesn’t have ongoing media support from new productions the way Ghostbusters does. Most of LEGO’s GB products - all four Dimensions packs (for both versions of the franchise), the Firehouse, and the reboot Ecto-1 - were all released in a single year (2016, the year the reboot came out), while the Creator Expert Ectomobile came out last year, the year Ghostbusters Afterlife was originally supposed to come out (before the pandemic disrupted everything, of course). Back to the Future doesn’t have any more movies due anytime soon, quite possibly ever. Still, I think Back to the Future is about as popular as is possible for any no-longer-active franchise, and it does still have as-yet untapped potential for sets.
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Recent hermit crabs?! Gahhh! I used to do such a good job of keeping up with the Minifigures, but I’ve fallen behind the last couple years. :(
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

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    LEGO Dimensions Discussion

    I forgot to mention it earlier, but back in January LD became the first game in which I earned a Platinum trophy. My, I do love this game. I do wish we could have gotten one more year of releases out of it, though goodness knows there’s already a ton to do with it. I know there’s been a lot of discussion of third year themes already, but I often find myself fantasizing about additions that could have been but weren’t, including several we never heard rumored or anything, just things I’d have loved to have seen and that I think might have fit: The Dark Crystal Labyrinth Big Trouble in Little China The Neverending Story Bionicle Elves Nexo Knights The LEGO Ninjago Movie Unikitty! I think the last couple items would have been fairly likely if Year 3 had happened, covering late 2017 and early 2018 (particularly TLNM), but the rest not so much, though I do think they’d have fit well alongside whatever else they’d have given us and what already exists in the game. And as indicated before, now that I’ve seen both shows, I’d dearly love it if we could have had Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra in this game.
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    [MOC] Barber

    That is a fantastic face. Beautifully done, viracocha.